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Culinary Arts Center: Meet New Zealand Chef Phillip Kraal

Culinary Arts Center: Meet New Zealand Chef Phillip Kraal

If you want to learn how to make authentic food from Australia and New Zealand, join us on Volendam’s Nov. 23, 2013, Great Barrier Reef voyage where television personality and New Zealand Chef Phillip Kraal is scheduled to be onboard as part of the Culinary Arts Center program. This will be Kraal’s fifth cruise with…   read more of “Culinary Arts…”

Exotic Shore Excursions: The Temple of Angkor Wat

Exotic Shore Excursions: The Temple of Angkor Wat

From Angkor Wat to the Amazon … we have some amazing shore excursions. Did you know you can go on a Jungle Eco Safari in Koh Samui, Thailand; visit the Great Wall of China from Hong Kong, and go on a rare nighttime safari in the Amazon? Holland America Line features an exciting array of…   read more of “Exotic Shore…”

Fun Flight for Employee of the Month

Fun Flight for Employee of the Month

Thanks to Volendam Human Resource Manager Sandra Tobón Franco for sending in these photos. Seeing as the shore excursions staff had organized a special ‘fam-flight’, they decided to invite our “Employee of the Month,” Arturo Ramirez, up with them. It was a great day weather-wise and he was treated to a flight that included a…   read more of “Fun Flight for…”

Lifelong Friends Make Lifelong Memories in Vietnam

Lifelong Friends Make Lifelong Memories in Vietnam

Thanks to guest Jeanne Johnson for sending in a picture of herself and a friend enjoying their vacation. It was wonderful to explore Halong Bay, Vietnam with my lifelong friend while on our cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong. We enjoyed the shopping at the city market and seeing the World Heritage sites aboard a…   read more of “Lifelong Friends…”

Something’s Fishy in Busan, South Korea

Something’s Fishy in Busan, South Korea

Bloggers David and Veronica of GypsyNester.com wrote this great post with cool photos from their stop at Busan, South Korea while traveling on Volendam. Enjoy the fun read! Anyone who has watched M*A*S*H has heard of Busan, South Korea, although on the show it was called Pusan. As we learned from Beijing formerly being called…   read more of “Something’s…”

Remembering an Alaska Cruise with Dad

Remembering an Alaska Cruise with Dad

Thanks to Mariner Linda Bair for sharing with us this heartwarming story about her last cruise with her father-in-law. My husband’s father passed away one year ago at the age of 97. One of the happiest memories we have of him is the Alaska cruise on the Volendam that we shared together. We remember his…   read more of “Remembering an…”

Ryndam Crew Member Wins 140th Anniversary Photo Competition

Ryndam Crew Member Wins 140th Anniversary Photo Competition

Congratulations to Ryndam’s Photo Manager Constantin Paduraru, the winner of the recent crew photo competition held in conjunction with HAL’s 140th anniversary. Paduraru’s photo (below) of Amsterdam was taken from Ryndam’s deck as the two ships crossed paths in Alaska in May 2010. The time was approximately 3:30 a.m. and the moon was starting to set. Paduraru managed to snap…   read more of “Ryndam Crew Member…”

Volendam Calls at Glacier Bay, Alaska

Volendam Calls at Glacier Bay, Alaska

Special thanks to Volendam’s Shore Excursion Manager Judy Hu for sending in this beautiful photo taken at Glacier Bay, Alaska. Volendam was the first HAL ship of the Alaska season to call at Glacier Bay.